Announced WhatsApp on Monday that it discovered a security hole that could allow hackers to put malicious code on the user’s phone via contact with the user used WhatsApp.
The app says it has already corrected the vulnerability, but it encourages users to update to the latest version of WhatsApp “as a precaution”.
That way you can update the app on your laptop.
On an iPhone.
Open the App Store and select Updates.
- Define “WhatsApp” and update.
On an Android.
- Open Play Store and touch the three lines in the upper left corner.
- Define “WhatsApp” and specify an update.
The messaging service owned by Facebook Monday that she discovered the resolution of the problem of vulnerability that attackers tried to exploit it. Hackers can implant a harmful code into the victim’s phone by making a voice call to the victim at WhatsApp.
A spokesman said WhatsApp in a statement, “the attack has all the characteristics of a private company working on what is being said with the government to assess the spy software available functions of the operating systems of mobile phone.”
Despite the fact that WhatsApp did not mention the name of the private company, but a source familiar with the investigation into the attack said it’s a group of NSO, which is an electronic company, an Israeli has developed a malicious software powerful designed to spy on its victims.
In a statement on Monday, said National Statistical Office: “under no circumstances share your NSO in the operation or determine the goals of their technology, which is run by the intelligence agencies and law enforcement only.”
Said OSN if its technology is licensed to government agencies “for the sole purpose of combating crime and terrorism”, adding that those agencies determine how to use the technology without any interference from the police.
Among those believed to have been attacked through WhatsApp, is a human rights lawyer living in London.
On Sunday, the lawyer received two calls depends on John Scott Reilly, the lead investigator in the laboratory of citizens, University of Toronto, he was part of the attack. The Citizen Lab is a research group Security Academy looking at the threats to digital civil society groups and freedom of expression online.
Scott said Riley is the obvious attempt to introduce a telephone counsel did not succeed because WhatsApp has corrected the vulnerability for Sunday.
Had WhatsApp contact with Citizen Lab and other groups working with human rights defenders by publicly admitting the attack.
The collaboration between WhatsApp and Citizen Lab helped to identify the attempt on the London-based lawyer. Scott Railton told.
Submitted the Amnesty International petition to the Tel-Aviv District Court on Tuesday to demand that Israel withdraw an export license OSN.
The group claims that the program NSO “threatens the rights of privacy and freedom of opinion and expression, in violation of Israel’s obligations under international human rights law.”
One of the investigators had been attacked through the watsap letter, which included spyware from the National Statistical Office in 2018 while working on a campaign to release six women’s rights activists detained in Saudi Arabia.